Rules, Terms, and Conditions

These official Rules, Terms and Conditions apply to MagQuest Phase 3. Please read these Rules, Terms and Conditions carefully before entering.

Challenge description

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is supporting innovators developing novel approaches to geomagnetic data collection for the World Magnetic Model. This innovation challenge is designed to attract and accelerate new ideas to increase the efficiency, reliability, and sustainability of geomagnetic data collection. With MagQuest, NGA aims to inspire domestic and international solvers to apply their expertise to spaceborne, aerial, terrestrial, and other potential solution areas. Solvers from small businesses, academic institutions, labs, startups, and other organizations have participated in the competition.

The first two phases (March 2019 through September 2019) awarded $1.2 million in cash prizes. NGA invited six (6) participants from Phase 2 to participate in Phase 3, which will award an additional $900,000 in cash prizes.

At NGA’s discretion, additional phases of the challenge may follow Phase 3.

The deadline for Phase 1 submissions was May 16, 2019. The deadline for Phase 2 submissions was August 28, 2019. The deadline for Phase 3 submissions is 4:59 p.m. EDT on July 15, 2020.

MagQuest (“the challenge”) is managed by Luminary Labs LLC (Luminary Labs) under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), collectively referred to as “NGA.” Luminary Labs has been contracted to assist and support NGA in organizing and managing the challenge. Activities conducted by Luminary Labs may also include providing technical assistance to entrants and winners.

Phase 1: Concepts

Phase 1 was open to all eligible solvers from March 21, 2019 to May 16, 2019. In Phase 1:

  • The challenge sought concepts that proposed novel methods or technologies that may be promising to provide sufficient data for the WMM.
  • A successful concept considered all elements of a solution (sensor, platform, data analysis), but may have highlighted one element more than others.
  • An informational webinar was hosted for interested solvers. View the webinar recording.
  • Ten winners were nominated by the judges according to official Phase 1 selection criteria. The total Phase 1 prize pool of $200,000 was distributed evenly across Phase 1 winners. Meet the Phase 1 winners and read about their concepts here.

Phase 2: Detailed designs

Phase 2 was open to eligible solvers who entered Phase 1, as well as all eligible solvers who did not participate in the first phase of the challenge. Submissions opened June 20, 2019 and closed August 28, 2019. In Phase 2:

  • The challenge sought detailed designs and plans for data collection methodologies, including a concept of operations, a description of expected performance and potential risks, and an overview of potential future program management.
  • A successful design detailed all elements of a solution: sensor, platform, and data analysis. The sensor is the instrumentation that makes geomagnetic field measurements, the platform holds or carries this instrumentation, and data analysis refers to the mechanism for processing and distributing data.
  • Educational webinars were hosted for interested solvers. Webinar topics included an orientation to Phase 2 submissions and teaming information, a technical deep-dive on relevant submission topics, and an overview of program management considerations. View the webinar recordings.
  • Five (5) winners were nominated by the judges according to official Phase 2 selection criteria. The total Phase 2 prize pool of $1 million was distributed evenly across Phase 2 winners. Meet the Phase 2 winners and read about their designs here.

Phase 3: Iterate and refine

Six innovator teams from Phase 2 were invited to participate in Phase 3, which began in March 2020 and will conclude in September 2020. In Phase 3:

  • The challenge seeks refined designs and testing plans for WMM data collection methodologies.
  • A successful submission will demonstrate completion of major design decisions, describe specific hardware and software selections, detail testing approaches to mitigate risks, and provide evidence in support of overall performance.
  • Subject matter experts from academia, industry, and government will provide expertise in sensors, platform engineering, mission operations and program management, the World Magnetic Model, and geomagnetism to participating teams.
  • Judges will nominate Phase 3 winners according to official Phase 3 selection criteria. The total Phase 3 prize pool is $900,000.

At NGA’s discretion, additional phases of the challenge may follow Phase 3.

Eligibility

Phases 1 and 2 were open to any entrant who met the MagQuest eligibility requirements. Phase 3 is only open to eligible Phase 2 entrants who were invited by NGA to participate in Phase 3.

MagQuest eligibility requirements:

(1) Participants in any phase of the challenge must be legal entities and individuals (non-felons) over the age of 18. Eligibility is subject to verification by NGA before monetary prizes are awarded.

(2) An individual or entity shall have registered to participate in the challenge under the rules promulgated by NGA (Competition Sponsor), and Luminary Labs in accordance with the description provided on the challenge website. Entrants shall have complied with all of the requirements on the official challenge website and supporting documentation.

(3) Entrants are not eligible to receive any monetary or non-monetary prize in the challenge if they are a person or entity designated or sanctioned by the United States Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (see http://www.treasury.gov/resource- center/sanctions/SDN-List/Pages/default.aspx for additional information).

(4) NGA employees directly supporting the development or execution of this challenge and support contractors directly supporting the development or execution of this challenge, Luminary Labs and its contractors (with the express exception of Luminary Labs’ authorized solver community), and judges are ineligible to compete in this challenge. Likewise, members of their immediate family (spouses, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, parents, step-parents), and persons living in the same household, whether or not related, are not eligible to participate in any portion of this challenge. Note: The members of an individual’s household include any other person who shares the same residence as such individual for at least three months out of the year.

(5) Individuals and entities, otherwise eligible to win a monetary or non-monetary prize, may form and submit a team entry; however, each team member must be clearly identified on the team’s submission form for the team to be eligible. Failure to follow this procedure as outlined on the challenge website will disqualify the contest submission. Team winnings, as determined by the challenge sponsor, will be distributed to the designated team lead for further distribution to team members. In the event a dispute regarding the identity of the entrant who actually submitted the entry cannot be resolved to NGA’s satisfaction, the affected entry will be deemed ineligible.

(6) Entrants to this challenge must agree to be bound by the rules of the challenge, agree that the winner selection decisions for the challenge are final and binding, and acknowledge that their submission may be the subject of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and that they are responsible for identifying and marking all business confidential and proprietary information in their submission.

(7) Individuals and individual team leads selected as monetary prize winners must submit all required taxpayer identification and bank account information required to complete an electronic payment of the monetary prize. Failure to provide Luminary Labs or NGA required documents for electronic payment within 30 days of notification by Luminary Labs or NGA will result in a disqualification of the winning entry or entries.

(8) Participants in the challenge agree, as a condition for winning a monetary or non-monetary prize, to complete and submit all required winner verification documents to Luminary Labs within 3 days of notification. Failure to return all required verification documents per return instructions by the date specified in the notification may be a basis for disqualification of the winning entry.

(9) Contestants in the challenge must agree and consent, as a condition for receiving a monetary or non-monetary prize, to the use of their name, affiliation, city and state, likeness or image, comments, and a short synopsis of their winning solution as a part of NGA’s promotion of this challenge.

(10) Entrants will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless NGA and Luminary Labs from and against all third-party claims, actions, or proceedings of any kind and from any and all damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses relating to, or arising from, the entrant’s submission or any breach or alleged breach of any of the representations, warranties, and covenants of the entrant hereunder.

(11) Contestants must own or have access at their own expense to a computer, an Internet connection, and any other electronic devices, documentation, software, or other items that entrants may deem necessary to create and enter a submission.

(12) The following entrants (including any individuals participating as part of a team or entity) are not eligible regardless of whether they meet the criteria set forth above:

  • Any Federal entity or Federal employee acting within the scope of his or her employment or otherwise prohibited by Federal law. Scope of employment is defined as activities of an employee that are in furtherance of duties that are owed to an employer and where the employer is, or could be, exercising some control, directly or indirectly, over the activities of the employee. Employees should consult their agency ethics officials. Note: Federal ethical conduct rules may restrict or prohibit federal employees from engaging in certain outside activities; any federal employee not excluded under this paragraph seeking to participate in this challenge outside the scope of employment should consult his/her agency’s ethics official prior to developing a submission.
  • Any individual or entity that used NGA Federal facilities or relied upon significant consultation with NGA Federal employees to develop a submission, unless the facilities and employees were made available to all entrants in this challenge on an equal basis.
  • Any individual or entity that used Federal funds to develop a submission, unless such use is consistent with the grant or assistance agreement award. If a grantee using Federal funds enters and wins this challenge, the monetary prize must be treated as program income for purposes of the original grant or assistance agreement award in accordance with applicable Office of Management and Budget Circulars. Federal contractors may not use Federal funds from a contract to develop a submission for the challenge.

(13) An individual or entity shall not be deemed ineligible under these eligibility rules because the individual or entity used Federal facilities or consulted with Federal employees during a challenge if the facilities and employees are made available to all individuals and entities participating in the challenge on an equitable basis.

(14) Use of Marks: Except as expressly set forth in the challenge Rules, Terms & Conditions, entrants shall not use the names, trademarks, service marks, logos, insignias, trade dress, or any other designation of source or origin subject to legal protection, copyrighted material or similar intellectual property (“Marks”) of the organizers or other challenge partners, sponsors, or collaborators in any way without such party’s prior written permission in each instance, which such party may grant or withhold at its sole and absolute discretion.

(15) If the submission includes the work of any third party (such as third-party content or open source code), the entrant must identify the work and be able to provide, upon the request of NGA, and/or Luminary Labs, documentation of all appropriate licenses and releases for such third-party works. If the entrant cannot provide documentation of all required licenses and releases, NGA reserves the right to disqualify the applicable submission, or direct the entrant to secure the licenses and releases for NGA’s benefit within three (3) days of notification of the missing documentation and allow the applicable submission to remain in the challenge. In addition, NGA reserves all rights to pursue an entrant for claims based on damages incurred by the entrant’s failure to obtain such licenses and releases.

(16) By participating in the challenge, each entrant represents, warrants, and covenants as follows: The entrants are the sole authors, creators, and owners of the submission; the entrant’s submission:

  • Is not the subject of any actual or threatened litigation claim
  • Does not, and will not, violate or infringe upon the intellectual property rights, privacy rights, publicity rights, or other legal rights of any third party
  • Does not, and will not, contain any harmful computer code (sometimes referred to as “malware,” “viruses,” or “worms”)
  • The submission, entrant’s use, and Agency use of the submission does not, and will not, violate any applicable laws or regulations of the United States
  • An individual or entity that is determined to be on the GSA Excluded Parties List (sam.gov) is ineligible to receive a monetary or non-monetary prize award and will not be selected as a challenge winner.

Entrants must comply with and abide by these official Rules, Terms and Conditions and the decisions of NGA which shall be final and binding in all respects.

Participation requirements for MagQuest Phase 3 entrants

Phase 3 is only open to eligible Phase 2 entrants who were invited by NGA to participate in Phase 3. If entrants do not meet the Phase 3 participation requirements, they may not be eligible to receive monetary prizes at the end of Phase 3.

MagQuest Phase 3 participation requirements:

  • Entrants must sign a Phase 3 Letter of Intent, which will include disclosure of all currently intended team members.
  • Individual team members may not contribute to more than one (1) Phase 3 entrant team’s submission or be named on more than one (1) Phase 3 entrant team’s submission as a team member.
  • For each entrant team, all team members must individually sign and abide by the provided non-disclosure agreement.
  • Additional individuals may be added to teams, so long as they meet the eligibility requirements specified in the official Rules, Terms and Conditions and are declared no later than June 15, 2020. Before any new team member can participate in developing a team’s Phase 3 submission, the team lead must submit a non-disclosure agreement signed by that team member to hello@magquest.com.
  • Each entrant can enter one (1) and only one submission in Phase 3.
  • Should a Phase 3 invitee decide to form a partnership with another Phase 3 invitee, this must be declared by email to hello@magquest.com no later than April 30, 2020. Such a partnership would be considered one (1) and only one entrant team for the purposes of allocating any technical support provided to entrants during Phase 3, would be allowed to submit one (1) and only one submission, and would be eligible to receive one (1) and only one monetary award.

 

Phase 3 entrants in this challenge agree, as a condition for winning a monetary or non-monetary prize, to fully participate in all required Phase 3 activities, including but not limited to (1) completing and submitting a Phase 3 submission by 4:59 p.m EDT on July 15, 2020, (2) attending the in-person Solver Kickoff (currently planned for April 7, 2020), and (3) attending and presenting at the in-person Design Review event (currently planned for August 18-19, 2020). Attendance at the Solver Kickoff will be limited to two participants per entrant team. Attendance at the Design Review event will likely be limited to three participants per entrant team, to be confirmed. All dates are subject to change.

Phase 3 entrants also agree to adhere to the following protocols for any interactions with Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) throughout the duration of Phase 3 to ensure compliance with export control regulations:

What SMEs CAN help with:

  • Provide feedback on Phase 2 submissions and areas for improvement
  • Answer questions related to Phase 3 requirements and identified areas for improvement
  • Direct entrants to publicly-available resources

What SMEs CAN’T help with:

  • Prescribe specific technical solutions
  • Provide access to non-public resources or technologies
  • Review or comment on Phase 3 draft submissions

Monetary prizes

The total monetary prize purse for Phase 1 of the challenge was $200,000. The judging panel nominated ten (10) monetary prize winners according to official Phase 1 selection criteria. The $200,000 Phase 1 monetary prize purse was distributed evenly among each of the Phase 1 winners. The total monetary prize purse for Phase 2 of the challenge was $1,000,000. The judging panel nominated five (5) monetary prize winners according to official Phase 2 selection criteria, and the $1,000,000 Phase 2 monetary prize purse was distributed evenly among each of the Phase 2 winners.

The total monetary prize purse for Phase 3 of the challenge is $900,000. The judging panel will nominate monetary prize winners according to official Phase 3 selection criteria. Participants in this challenge must agree, as a condition for winning a monetary or non-monetary prize, to fully participate in all required Phase 3 activities, including but not limited to (1) completing and submitting a Phase 3 submission by 4:59 p.m EDT on July 15, 2020, (2) attending the in-person Solver Kickoff (currently planned for April 7, 2020), and (3) attending and presenting at the in-person Design Review event (currently planned for August 18-19, 2020). Attendance at the Solver Kickoff will be limited to two participants per entrant team. Attendance at the Design Review event will likely be limited to three participants per entrant team, to be confirmed. All dates are subject to change.

Failure to attend required events, provide required documentation, or complete a submission by the deadline may be a basis for disqualification.

Participants to the challenge must agree and consent, as a condition for receiving a monetary prize, to the use of their name, affiliation, city and state, likeness or image, and a short synopsis of their winning solution as a part of NGA’s promotion of this challenge, as stated in the Eligibility section, and below in the Submission License and Publicity Release sections.

If any potential winner is deemed to be ineligible, has not complied with the official Rules, Terms and Conditions, or declines the monetary prize for any reason prior to award, an alternate winner may be selected.

Monetary prizes will be paid to the Team Lead directly by Luminary Labs through electronic funds transfer. Monetary prize winner(s) will be responsible for any applicable local, state, and federal taxes and reporting that may be required under applicable tax laws.

Selection criteria

In each phase of the competition, MagQuest judges use the official selection criteria to nominate winners, which are then submitted to the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) for final approval. When evaluating submissions, judges assign each submission one to five points for each of the selection criteria, for a maximum of 25 points.

MagQuest is currently in Phase 3 of the competition. Selection criteria for all phases are included below.

 Phase 1 criteria

  • Performance. The degree to which the concept could achieve or exceed the necessary data requirements for production of the WMM (see Target Performance Metrics).
  • Technical Feasibility. The extent to which the concept uses technically sound methods and the solver identifies critical assumptions and risks.
  • Operational Feasibility. The degree to which the concept accounts for and addresses real-world implementation, and the ability to continuously and reliably collect data for several WMM iterations (e.g., 20 years).
  • Innovation. The degree to which the concept creates potential efficiencies in time, money, or other resources.
  • Team. The extent to which the solver or team demonstrates expertise or recognizes what additional capabilities may be needed to advance their concept.

Phase 2 criteria

  • Performance. The degree to which the integrated design (sensor, platform, and data analysis) indicates an ability to achieve or exceed the necessary data requirements for production of the WMM (see Target Performance Metrics).
  • Technical Feasibility. The extent to which the design uses technically sound methods, the solver identifies potential risks, and proposes credible mitigation strategies.
  • Operational Feasibility and Cost Fidelity. The degree to which the design accounts for real-world implementation and operation in the near term (e.g., 5 years), as well as the ability to continuously and reliably collect data for several WMM iterations (e.g., 30 years).
  • Innovation. The degree to which the design creates potential efficiencies in time, money, or other resources.
  • Team. The extent to which the solver or team demonstrates sufficient expertise that may be needed to advance their integrated design to a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) of 5 at least, and preferably 6, within a potential timeframe of two years (e.g., by September 2021).

Phase 3 criteria

  • Design Maturity. The extent to which the solver team demonstrates advancement in their solution, including the status of design trades, and hardware and software decisions.
  • Performance. The degree to which the team demonstrates the ability of their solution to meet the WMM target performance requirements, including supporting evidence and error budgets.
  • Risk Mitigation. The extent to which the team identifies and addresses component and system limitations, risks, and trade-offs.
  • Operational Feasibility. The degree to which the team proposes a feasible approach to solution implementation and operation.
  • Capability. The extent to which the team demonstrates the expertise and ability required to successfully develop and implement their proposed solution.

The selection criteria are to be applied in the sole discretion of NGA, and the individual judges, and are subject to modification by NGA. By participating in the challenge, each entrant acknowledges and agrees that such evaluations may differ from person to person and agrees to be bound by and not challenge the final decisions of NGA.

The judging scores will not be posted, but consolidated feedback may be provided to Phase 1 and 2 winners, and Phase 3 teams.

How to enter

Phases 1 and 2 were open to all eligible individuals and legal entities. To participate in the challenge, entrants completed all required fields of the challenge submission form on the challenge website before the close of open submissions. Each entrant must have completed all of the required fields in the challenge submission form in accordance with the official Rules, Terms and Conditions to have been eligible for a prize.

Phase 3 is only open to eligible Phase 2 entrants who were invited by NGA to participate in Phase 3.

All entrants are required to provide consent to these official Rules, Terms and Conditions upon submitting an entry. Submissions must be received by 4:59 p.m. EDT on July 15, 2020 in order to be eligible. Luminary Labs is the official timekeeper for the challenge. Once submitted, a submission may not be altered during open submissions. NGA and Luminary Labs reserve the right to disqualify any submission that NGA or Luminary Labs deem inappropriate.

Individual team members may not contribute to more than one (1) Phase 3 entrant team’s submission or be named on more than one (1) Phase 3 entrant team’s submission as a team member. For each entrant team, all members must individually sign and abide by the provided non-disclosure agreement. Additional individuals may be added to teams, so long as they meet the eligibility requirements specified in the official Rules, Terms and Conditions and are declared no later than June 15, 2020. Before any new team member can participate in developing a team’s Phase 3 submission, the team lead must submit a non-disclosure agreement signed by that team member to hello@magquest.com. Each entrant can enter one (1) and only one submission in Phase 3.

Should a Phase 3 invitee decide to form a partnership with another Phase 3 invitee, this must be declared by email to hello@magquest.com no later than April 30, 2020. Such a partnership would be considered one (1) and only one entrant team for the purposes of allocating any technical support provided to entrants during Phase 3, would be allowed to submit one (1) and only one submission, and would be eligible to receive one (1) and only one monetary award.

Team winnings will be distributed to the designated team lead. In the event that a dispute regarding the identity of the entrant who actually submitted the entry cannot be resolved to NGA’s satisfaction, the affected entry will be deemed ineligible.

All entry information submitted on the challenge website and all materials, including any copy of the submission, becomes the property of NGA and will not be acknowledged or returned by Luminary Labs, or NGA; however, entrants retain ownership of their concepts, including any software, designs, research, or other intellectual property (IP) that they develop in connection therewith, subject to the license granted to NGA to use submissions as set forth in the Intellectual Property of Submissions section below.

Proof of submission is not considered proof of delivery to or receipt of such entry. Furthermore, NGA and Luminary Labs shall have no liability for any submission that is lost, intercepted, or not received by NGA, and/or Luminary Labs. NGA and Luminary Labs assume no liability or responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, theft, destruction, or unauthorized access to, or alteration of submissions.

Phase 3 submissions close at 4:59 p.m. EDT on July 15, 2020. Entrants should submit at least one hour before the deadline to ensure the completed submission is received. Entrants who submit an application after the deadline date because of a technical problem with the challenge website system must immediately contact hello@magquest.com, and provide an explanation of the technical problem experienced on the challenge website system. NGA and Luminary Labs will accept an entrant’s application if NGA and Luminary Labs can confirm that a technical problem occurred with the challenge website system and that the technical problem affected the entrant’s ability to submit an application by 4:59 p.m. EDT on July 15, 2020. NGA and/or Luminary Labs will contact the entrant when a determination is made on whether the application will be accepted.

Note: These extensions apply only to the unavailability of, or technical problems with, the challenge website system. NGA will not grant an entrant an extension if the entrant failed to submit an application in the system by the application deadline date and time, or if the technical problem experienced is unrelated to the challenge website system.

Individuals with disabilities who need an accommodation or auxiliary aid in connection with the application process should contact: [Luminary Labs, 61 Broadway, Suite 2800, New York City, NY, 10006] or by email: [hello@magquest.com]. Entrants who use a TDD or a TTY may call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339. If Luminary Labs provides an accommodation or auxiliary aid to an individual with a disability in connection with the entry submission process, the entry remains subject to all other requirements and limitations in this notice.

Representations, Warranties, and Indemnification

By participating in the challenge, each entrant represents, warrants, and covenants as follows:

  • The entrants are the sole authors, creators, and owners of the submission;
  • The entrant’s submission:
    • Is not the subject of any actual or threatened litigation claim
    • Does not, and will not, violate or infringe upon the intellectual property rights, privacy rights, publicity rights, or other legal rights of any third party
    • Does not, and will not, contain any harmful computer code (sometimes referred to as “malware,” “viruses,” or “worms”)
    • The submission and entrant’s use of the submission does not, and will not, violate any applicable laws or regulations of the United States.

If the submission includes the work of any third party (such as third-party content or open source code), the entrant must be able to provide, upon the request of NGA and/or Luminary Labs, documentation of all appropriate licenses and releases for such third-party works. If the entrant cannot provide documentation of all required licenses and releases, NGA reserves the right to disqualify the applicable submission, or direct the entrant to secure the licenses and releases for NGA’s benefit within three (3) days of notification of the missing documentation and allow the applicable submission to remain in the challenge. In addition, NGA reserves all rights to pursue an entrant for claims based on damages incurred by the entrant’s failure to obtain such licenses and releases.

Entrants will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless NGA and Luminary Labs from and against all third-party claims, actions, or proceedings of any kind and from any and all damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses relating to, or arising from, the entrant’s submission or any breach or alleged breach of any of the representations, warranties, and covenants of the entrant hereunder.

NGA and Luminary Labs reserve the right to disqualify any submission that NGA and/or Luminary Labs in their discretion, deem to violate these official Rules, Terms and Conditions.

Submission license

Entrants retain all ownership in the intellectual property of submissions. By participating in the challenge, each entrant hereby grants an irrevocable and royalty-free license to NGA and Luminary Labs to store, access, modify, reproduce, and distribute submissions in perpetuity. Please refer to the Intellectual Property of Submissions section below for further information regarding rights to submissions.

Publicity release

By participating in the challenge, each entrant hereby irrevocably grants to NGA and Luminary Labs the right to the use of their name, affiliation, city and state, likeness or image, and a short synopsis of their winning solution as a part of NGA’s promotion of this challenge, as stated in the Eligibility section.

Disqualification

NGA reserves the right in their discretion to disqualify any entrant who is found to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the challenge, the challenge website, or other challenge-related websites; to be acting in violation of these official Rules, Terms and Conditions; or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with the intent to disrupt or undermine the legitimate operation of the challenge or any other entrant’s ability to compete in the challenge; or to annoy, abuse, threaten, or harass any other person; and NGA reserves the right to seek damages and other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Links to third-party websites

The challenge website may contain links to third-party websites that are not owned or controlled by NGA or Luminary Labs. NGA and Luminary Labs do not endorse or assume any responsibility for any such third-party sites. A user who accesses a third-party website from the challenge website does so at the user’s own risk and expressly relieves NGA and / or Luminary Labs from any and all liability arising from use of any third-party website content.

Notice to winner(s)

Attempts to notify winner(s) will be made using the email address associated with the Team Lead’s Luminary Lightbox™ account. NGA and Luminary Labs are not responsible for email or other communication problems of any kind.

If, despite reasonable efforts, a potential  winner does not respond within three (3) days of the first notification attempt regarding selection as a winner (or a shorter time as exigencies may require), or if the notification is returned as undeliverable to such entrant, that entrant may forfeit the entrant’s winner status and any associated prizes, and an alternate winner may be nominated.

If any potential winner is found to be ineligible, has not complied with these official Rules, Terms and Conditions, or declines the applicable prize for any reason prior to award, such potential winners will be disqualified, and alternate winners may be nominated.

Intellectual Property (IP) of submissions

Entrants retain all ownership in intellectual property of their submissions, subject to the submission license described above. NGA, including its partners and/or entities working in its behalf, reserves the right to enter into good faith negotiations for additional license rights associated with challenge submissions to pursue operationalization of innovative approaches, using appropriate federal authorities as may be required, at any time during or after the challenge.

Please refer to the Submission License section above for further information regarding rights to submissions.

Dates and deadlines

Luminary Labs and NGA reserve the right to modify any dates or deadlines set forth in these official Rules, Terms and Conditions or otherwise governing the challenge.

Challenge termination

NGA reserves the right to suspend, postpone, cease, terminate or otherwise modify this challenge, or any entrant’s participation in the challenge, at any time at NGA’s discretion.

General liability release

By participating in the challenge, each entrant hereby agrees that:

NGA and Luminary Labs shall not be responsible or liable for any losses, damages, or injuries of any kind (including death) resulting from participation in the challenge or any challenge-related activity, or from an entrant’s acceptance, receipt, possession, use, or misuse of any monetary prize

The entrant will indemnify, defend, and hold harmless NGA and Luminary Labs from and against all third-party claims, actions, or proceedings of any kind and from any and all damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses relating to, or arising from, the entrant’s participation in the challenge

Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, NGA and Luminary Labs are not responsible for incomplete, illegible, misdirected, misprinted, late, lost, postage-due, damaged, or stolen entries or prize notifications; or for lost, interrupted, inaccessible, or unavailable networks, servers, satellites, Internet Service Providers, websites, or other connections; or for miscommunications, failed, jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected computer, telephone, cable transmissions or other communications; or for any technical malfunctions, failures, difficulties, or other errors of any kind or nature; or for the incorrect or inaccurate capture of information, or the failure to capture any information.

These official Rules, Terms and Conditions cannot be modified except by NGA in their absolute discretion. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these official Rules, Terms and Conditions shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these official Rules, Terms and Conditions shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein.

Exercise

The failure of NGA to exercise or enforce any right or provision of these official Rules, Terms and Conditions shall not constitute a waiver of such right or provision.

Governing law

All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these official Rules, Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with U.S. Federal law as applied in the federal courts of the District of Columbia if a complaint is filed by any party against NGA, and the laws of the State of New York as applied in the New York state courts in New York City if a complaint is filed by any party against Luminary Labs.

Privacy policy

By participating in the challenge, each entrant hereby agrees that occasionally, NGA and Luminary Labs may also use the entrant’s information to contact the entrant about federal challenge and innovation related activities, and acknowledges that the entrant has read and accepted the Privacy Policy at: www.magquest.com/privacypolicy.

Additional terms that are part of the Rules, Terms and Conditions

Please review the Luminary Lightbox Terms of Service at http://www.LuminaryLightbox.com/terms for additional rules that apply to participation in the challenge and more generally use of the challenge website. Such Terms of Service are incorporated by reference into these official Rules, Terms and Conditions. If there is a conflict between the Terms of Service and these official Rules, Terms and Conditions, the latter terms shall control with respect to this challenge only.

Participation in the challenge constitutes the entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these official Rules, Terms and Conditions. By entering, an entrant agrees that all decisions related to the challenge that are made pursuant to these official Rules, Terms and Conditions are final and binding, and that all such decisions are at the sole discretion of NGA and/or Luminary Labs.

Luminary Labs collects personal information from entrants to the challenge. The information collected is subject to the Privacy Policy located here: http://www.LuminaryLightbox.com/privacy

Winner List, Official Rules, and Contact

To obtain a list of winners (after the conclusion of the challenge) or a copy of these official Rules, Terms and Conditions, send a self-addressed envelope with the proper postage affixed to: Luminary Labs, 61 Broadway, Suite 2800, New York, NY 10006 Please specify “Winner List” or “Rules, Terms and Conditions” and the name of the specific challenge in the request.